I had one of my best cooking experiences in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I joined Chef Simone (Cook in Rio) in the kitchen where I learned a mix of Brazil´s favorite recipes in one fun cooking class.
It wasn’t just cooking, it was an experience. We didn’t just learn how to cook, we discovered exotic ingredients, techniques, flavors and learned more about Brazilian food culture, as well as the history.
I took the Seafood Moqueca class which included fish moqueca, White garlic rice, Banana toasted farofa, Flambeed sausage with onions, Grilled white cheese with pepper jam, Lime and Passionfruit caipirinha and Batida de Coco (coconut alcoholic drink).
The highlight for me was discovering similarities between Brazilian food culture and African food. I also loved learning how to make the popular Caipirinha, which is Brazil’s national cocktail, made with cachaça, sugar, and lime.
I believe one of the best ways to truly experience local culture when we travel is to try the food. Below, are some photos of my food adventures in Rio de Janeiro.